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Living Beyond Our Means. By Dennis Church, EcoIQ Magazine Editor & Publisher. The idea that we humans may be growing beyond - or overshooting - the capacity of the natural resources we depend upon to sustain us has a long history. It has proven premature when previously asserted, but now appears increasingly realistic. More >>

Damn the Torpedoes & Torpedo the Dams. By Robert "Birdlegs" Caughlan. Four hundred miles of California's fabulous beaches are starving for sand, but surfers and other beach lovers have the muscle to bring them back. We know why they're starving and shrinking, and we know how to rescue them. More >>

Environmental Stewardship Versus Economic Development. By Walter McGuire. In the long term, the economy and the environment are inextricably linked. Today's economy depends heavily on the availability and cost of resources. Yet, we have built an economy that values resource consumption rather than stewardship. More >>

Beyond Ecomilitarism: A New Path For Environmental Activism. By Bill Shireman. This was a war-based strategy, a military-modeled strategy that used as its motto the credo of the Spanish Civil War: "Better to die on your feet than to live on your knees." This is the model on which we developed the first wave of environmental activism. The military model. More >>

From Wastes To Resources: It's Time for a Paradigm Shift. By Richard Gertman. We need to return to the goal - sensible diversion programs that recover materials and maintain their value. Resources should be recovered for their value, not just to keep them out of a landfill. We need to change the focus, but to do so will require a paradigm shift. More >>

Present Value, Future Value: Intergenerational Ethics In Water Supply Planning. By Eric Rosenblum. In 1746 Benjamin Franklin warned, "When the Well's dry, we know the Worth of Water." As difficult as it is to anticipate thirst in the midst of rain, it is even harder to appreciate today the needs of generations yet unborn, and to provide for them. More >>

How Profit Shapes Urban Space. By Jeffery J. Smith. Like the rest of the universe, US cities keep expanding. Some time before the universe begins to contract, American metro regions may, too. What counterpart to gravity might suck suburbia back into the hole of our doughnut cities? More >>

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